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Lamex Stadium (ATT 3,023) 9th August 2014 - Kick off 15:00

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Last Updated: 08/08/14 4:17pm

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Adam Marriott: Hoping to make his mark

Adam Marriott: Hoping to make his mark

Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Stevenage and Hartlepool United at Broadhall Way.

Stevenage must put a troubled period behind them when beginning life back in League Two with a home tie against Hartlepool at Broadhall Way.

Graham Westley's side lasted three seasons in League One but a closing run of just one win in 12 games saw them finish bottom of the table in May.

Influential players such as Luke Freeman and James Dunne have since moved on, but there have been new arrivals like experienced Braintree defender Dean Wells, while Ron Henry returns from Luton.

Striker Adam Marriott, Simon Walton and Chris Whelpdale will also be keen to make their mark at the club, while new goalkeeper Sam Beasant links up with his dad Dave on the coaching staff.

Hartlepool's two summer recruits Matthew Bates and Stuart Parnaby are both expected to make their competitive bows for the club.

Defender Bates and utility-man Parnaby, former team-mates at Middlesbrough, could both start in Pools' opening game, while boss Colin Cooper has a fully-fit squad to choose from.

Midfielder Jonathan Franks is in contention to start having impressed during pre-season as are striker Luke James and defender Michael Duckworth, who both signed new deals with the club during the summer.

Young midfielder Brad Walker and veteran forward Marlon Harewood also look set to start for Pools, who are bidding to climb back into Sky Bet League One at the second attempt after relegation in 2013.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Burton Albion 34 64
2 Shrewsbury Town 33 61
3 Wycombe Wanderers 33 60
4 Luton Town 33 58
5 Southend United 33 57
6 Bury 33 55
7 Newport County AFC 33 53
8 Plymouth Argyle 33 52
9 Stevenage 33 49
10 Northampton Town 33 47
11 AFC Wimbledon 33 45
12 Portsmouth 33 44
13 Morecambe 33 44
14 Exeter City 34 44
15 Accrington Stanley 33 43
16 Cambridge United 33 41
17 Oxford United 33 38
18 Mansfield Town 33 38
19 Dagenham & Redbridge 33 37
20 Tranmere Rovers 33 34
21 Cheltenham Town 33 34
22 York City 33 33
23 Carlisle United 33 33
24 Hartlepool United 33 27